The first Executive Committee and Council meetings of the new IGU Triennium (2015-2018) were held from 20-23 October in the city of Cartagena, Colombia, attended by NGV Global. The event was hosted by the Asociación Colombiana de Gas Natural – Naturgas. Delegates were treated to the warm Colombian hospitality and were provided with glimpses of the history, culture and food that make Colombia such a special place to visit.
Starting in Cartagena, the IGU launched the first in what will be a series of regional IGU member luncheons. NGV Global was invited and participated at this meeting also. This first luncheon brought together members from Colombia, Brazil, Argentina and Bolivia, for the purpose of focusing on key gas industry issues in the region and possible opportunities for greater IGU support and involvement. The IGU leadership looks forward to connecting similarly with many Charter and Associate members at future regional meetings.
“The use of Natural Gas in transportation was present in all the meetings, and will be a key issue in the current Presidency’s strategy”, explains Diego Goldin, Executive Director NGV Global. “NGV Global has been recognized as a leading voice in this sector of the Industry, and we have agreed to collaborate closely, together with our member associations, in delivering the message to the general public.”
Naturgas is a very active stakeholder in the successful NGV program in Colombia. The Colombian experience was used as a model for the Peruvian NGV program. As an introduction to procedings, the IGU Council Workshop received an excellent overview of the Colombian Natural Gas Industry presented by Mr Tomás González, Colombian Minister of Mines, from which the following facts were taken:
- In 2014 Colombia produced 11.8 billion cubic meter (Bcm) of dry natural gas and consumed 10.9 Bcm.
- Natural gas consumption has grown, rising by more than 54% in the past decade.
- 4,774 miles of natural gas pipelines
- Over 500,000 CNG vehicles in operation
(Source: IGU and NGV Global)